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  • 1177 B.C. (Revised and Updated)

  • The Year Civilization Collapsed
  • By: Eric H. Cline
  • Narrated by: Eric H. Cline
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (48 ratings)

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1177 B.C. (Revised and Updated)

By: Eric H. Cline
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Summary

This audiobook narrated by acclaimed archaeologist and best-selling author Eric Cline offers a breathtaking account of how the collapse of an ancient civilized world ushered in the first Dark Ages.

In 1177 BC, marauding groups known only as the "Sea Peoples" invaded Egypt. The pharaoh's army and navy defeated them, but the victory so weakened Egypt that it soon slid into decline, as did most of the surrounding civilizations. Eric Cline tells the gripping story of how the end was brought about by multiple interconnected failures, ranging from invasion and revolt to earthquakes, drought, famine, and the cutting of international trade routes. Bringing to life a vibrant multicultural world, he draws a sweeping panorama of the empires of the age and shows that it may have been their very interdependence that hastened their dramatic collapse. Now revised and updated, 1177 B.C. sheds light on the complex ties that gave rise to, and eventually destroyed, the flourishing civilizations of the Late Bronze Age - and set the stage for the emergence of classical Greece and, ultimately, our world today. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2021 Eric H. Cline (P)2021 Princeton University Press

Critic reviews

"The memorable thing about Cline's book is the strangely recognizable picture he paints of this very faraway time.... It was as globalized and cosmopolitan a time as any on record, albeit within a much smaller cosmos. The degree of interpenetration and of cultural sharing is astonishing." (Adam Gopnik, New Yorker)

"Engaging.... [An] absorbing tour of the Late Bronze Age." (Josephine Quinn, London Review of Books)

"A fascinating look at the Late Bronze Age, proving that whether for culture, war, economic fluctuations or grappling with technological advancement, the conundrums we face are never new, but merely renewed for a modern age." (Larry Getlen, New York Post)

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Very factual but read in a painfully unexciting way

I am fascinated by this era but being read a series of ‘facts’ is not pleasant. I could read Wikipedia for that. This book would be better for hypnosis.

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worth persevering.

Eventually well worth for enlightenment about the bronze age and it's collapse. I think I am not alone in having been ignorant about it all. e.g. I knew the Hittites were from 'Turkey' and that's about it. Maybe a little TOO thorough in the middle with all the evidence - with with multiple unpronounceable kings/queens and kingdoms, but likely to stimulate further interest.

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Fascinating audio book

Eric Cline’s narration is perhaps a little wooden at the beginning as some reviewers have pointed out, but after a chapter or so he warms up to the process of reading his own book. Soon his enthusiasm shines through and this becomes a gripping narrative of flourishing civilisations sliding into collapse under numerous stressors. Wonderful scholarship and such a fascinating account.

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